When a professor asks for “original thought”, provide it! Sure, you can support your ideas with the work of others (as long as you're citing it), but make sure the bulk of your response is coming for your reactions, ideas, feelings and thoughts around the subject material.
Understand paraphrasing vs. quoting. Paraphrasing is putting source material into your own words, quoting is using someone else’s direct words/phrase. Knowing the difference is important, as they will require different citations.
The Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab is commonly used for help with American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format styles. You’ll find loads of categories and examples based on the type of reference and citation.
Know that ASU uses Safeassign, a plagiarism checking tool on Blackboard.
Utilize the writing centers. Whether you’re a first-time freshman who has never used citations, or a graduate student with plenty of experience, having a writing center expect review your work is never a bad idea. Schedule an appointment with a specialist and walk through your paper (no matter what stage it is in) to gain feedback and suggestions.